Heres the early forecast out of Philadelphia: less yakking.
In a report at The 700 Level blog about the Eagles full-squad organized team activities, the indication was that the players will head into 2012 feeling that they botched their approach to last season. As Eagles safety Kurt Coleman said:
Last year, I think we wanted to take things for granted because we did have a talented team, and we just didnt always put it together and I think we lost our edge as far as getting aggressive, going out there and working for everything; this year, were not going to talk, were just going to out there and work hard, and Im loving it; I love what were about, I love our attitude every time we approach this field.
So dont expect any dream team talk this year.
The same theme was sounded by running back LeSean McCoy (via ESPN.com): We learned a lot. I think it humbled us. With all the big-time players that we have, we really have to check ourselves and go into the season to prove ourselves.
"I really think all of the hype is out the window, and it's a new year. I think there's a lot of pressure for us as players. We have to make sure we do the right things."
And from wide receiver Jason Avant: Nobody cares if you're the Eagles -- your talent, your roster, your quarterback, your receivers. You've got to go out and work hard. And that's it."
So the brash Eagles are sounding humble. Of course, after an 8-8 season, they have a lot to be humble about.
Things are always heated whenever the Giants and Redskins meet on the field. Everything, that is, except for the weather.
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Kickoff time: 1:00 p.m.
The season changed officially to fall over the past week and it will feel like it in New Jersey where the Redskins will hope to earn their first win of the season. According to weather.com, temperatures will reach only the upper sixties for the game, maybe hitting the 70-degree mark at game's end.
While the temperature may be a little down, the good news is that the teams will have a beautiful day to play. There is nothing but sun in the forecast.
Whatever happens Sunday, weather will not be a factor.
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The Redskins travel to take on the Giants, and despite recent history holding them down in New York, at 0-2 Washington is desperate for a win. Not only are the Redskins winless and the Giants undefeated at 2-0, New York already has a NFC East division win, pushing Jay Gruden's bunch further down the standings. Here are five things to know for Sunday's action, which kicks off at 1 p.m. from The Meadowlands. Weather looks good for the game, and all the coverage starts at noon on CSN.
- No more talky talky - All week, it seemed New York players were taking shots at the Redskins. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins had choice words for DeSean Jackson, and former Washington linebacker Keenand Robinson sounded off about the 'Skins a few different times. That doesn't even bring into account the mountain of trash talk exchanged between Odell Beckham and Josh Norman since last year's heated matchup between the two. Finally, on Sunday, the talk will end and the gmae will start.
- Got to get over the hump - The Redskins struggles this season can be attributed to multiple factors, but a big one is the offense's inability to score touchdowns. Kirk Cousins has passed for nearly 700 yards in just two games, the Washington offense has moved the ball well until they get in the Red Zone. "We’ve got to be ready to execute," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said of scoring TDs. "We did put a little extra emphasis specifically on some of those things."
- Giving up ground - Look at the box scores from Week 1 and 2 and it's clear the Redskins do not run the ball enough. Matt Jones has 20 carries in two games; ideally a running back would get close to 20 carries per game. Repeatedly Gruden and McVay have said they strive for a run/pass balance, but don't expect that to come this week. "We want to run the ball, we want to be balanced there’s no question about that, I think every team does. But, really at the end of the day, the best way we think to attack will be shown on Sunday," Gruden said. The Giants are giving up about 70 yards per game on the ground, and while the 'Skins absolutely need to commit to the run, this might not be the week it starts.
- Man on Manning - For the second time in three weeks, the Redskins face a potential Hall of Fame quarterback in Eli Manning. Manning has had an impressive start to the season, completing nearly 74 percent of his passes with 3 TDs and just one interception. If Manning has a weakness, like any quarterback, it's when he gets rushed and hit consitently, and the Giants offensive line is not a strength. The Redskins pass rush has not been particulary effective yet this season, but team sources suggested some changes could be coming, particularly on third downs. Trent Murphy showed good burst last week against Dallas, and if he can maintain that pace and Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith play at their top level, the pressure could mount on Manning.
- Playing slots - With Beckham, Cruz and Shepard, wide receiver is obviously a strength for the Giants. That said, cornerback should be a strength for the Redskins as well. Much has been made of the potential Norman-Beckham matchup, but look for the Redskins to show new looks in nickel coverage, perhaps even bringing Bashaud Breeland into the slot to combat Cruz and/or Shepard.
Numbers & Notes:
- The Redskins have not won in New York since 2011.
- If Kirk Cousins throws one TD pass he will tie Gus Frerotte (48) for eighth-most career touchdown passes in Redskins history.
- Pierre Garçon is nine catches away from 500 career receptions.
- Ryan Kerrigan is one sack away from 50 career sacks.
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